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Jet prop Work to underpin the British Museum's famous Round Reading Room is nearing completion, which will then allow the Great Court development to proceed. Max Soudain of Ground Engineering reports.

In the UK tourist world, the British Museum is king, second only in terms of number of visitors to Blackpool's Pleasure Beach. The museum attracted over six million visitors in 1997, hardly surprising as it houses, among other things, one of the most important collections of Egyptian artefacts outside Cairo.

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